The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 2nd - October 8th 2015


Project 'Teenage Kicks'

Caribbean Salt Smart Coalition (CSSC)
Barbados aims to improve the health and wellbeing of youth between the ages of 8-19 years old; with special focus on reducing the incidence of cardiovascular/ heart disease in this demographic. This will be done through the development and implementation of three interventional programme modules.
  • Phase 1 - The ‘Yute’ Gym;  prevention of physical inactivity and nutritional skills for parents pilot
  • Phase 2 – Block basics; Cycling proficiency and pump track creation
  • Phase 3-  Lifestyle summer retreat programme for peer ‘Yute’ train the trainers
Phase 1 began on September 5th with 20 young enthusiastic people aged from 8-18 yrs all with physician’s referral supported by a team of fitness instructors and nurses.  Each Saturday the group meets for one hour to work in a full gym setting with some unconventional exercise routines after one month the feedback is very positive, the kids just don’t want to go home.  Fun and happiness whilst exercising is the key, as many have indicated they have low self esteem.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Parents and guardians of the group have their own concurrent sessions provided by McGill dietetic students who have provided the theory of nutrition, a qualified Nutritionist who will provide cooking demos and a health psychology professional who is looking at the psychology of mindful eating and eating disorders. Both the groups have committed to a behavioural change and their own personal goals in this 6 month pilot programme.

The project aims ultimately to orientate them all on how to recognize healthy eating behaviours’ on a limited means of financial support  and to discuss wellbeing challenges in an environment which is safe, open, inclusive and is educationally orientated to all skill levels.

In a recent interview Mrs Gina Pitts, CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation said "we are pleased that civil society can lead this partnership with multiple stakeholders including the the Ministry of Health, the Private Health Sector and the Private Corporate Sector. The Massy Group through its charitable foundation has partially funded this project, demonstrating their commitment to playing a role in addressing the health of the communities they serve as part of their social and corporate responsibility".

mHealth in the Caribbean

The HCC is currently collating an inventory of regional mHealth (mobile health) projects related to NCDs or health in general. mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve healthoutcomes, healthcare services and health research.  This includes prevention messages, clinic reminders, diagnosis, prescription reminders, tracking health etc. The projects we are seeking to document include one-off, short-term or long-term mobile health initiatives. 
If you are aware of any such initiatives please share with us via email to

Positive Foundation Successful Start to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in St. Maarten

St. Maarten Pink Parade
October 2nd was the official kick off for the Breast Cancer Awareness month series of events that is hosted by the Positive and the Elektralyets Foundation. Breast cancer warriors, survivors,NGO's, Businesses, associations banks  and schools came out in full force for the 6th Annual Pink Parade honoring and remembering survivors, warriors and those who have lost the fight. The Positive and the Elektralyets Foundation noticed a big growing trend over the years and realized that the parade seems to get bigger and bigger every year and they are glad to have the whole community on board to share the message of Breast Cancer Awareness. In order to save lives we have to be pro active and make people aware of how best to combat the disease of Breast Cancer on our island. Early detection can save lives.
The Global Goals
Aqua Mania Adventures’ Pink Sunset Sail raised over $2500 for Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations - Friday October 2, 2015 – Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – The Pink Sunset Sail, organized by Aqua Mania Adventures to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month, was a spectacular success. Over $2500 was raised by the event which is all being donated to the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations in support of breast cancer awareness. Read more

More than Ten Thousand in Barbados Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run

More than Ten Thousand in Barbados Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run
The Breast Screening Programme 2015 CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure has recorded the highest number of pre-race entrants, with over 10,000 registered people. Medical Coordinator of the Breast Screening Programme of the Barbados Cancer Society, Dr. Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo, told Loop News, “We had 7,000 shirts pre-ordered already and we had to order more… We have passed 10,000 people. People are very interested.”
Thousands in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run
See various media coverage below:
Cancer Society of the Bahamas
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas 11th Annual Stride for Life Walk was held Saturday, October 3rd 2015. The Walk was a tremendous success because of the support of everyone who sponsored, registered or donated to the event. Read more

October is Breast cancer awareness month join in and support the cause. Read more
World Health Organisation

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Open for comment: 29 September – 13 November 2015
The Draft Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment from relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission will hold regional consultations and hearings throughout this consultative period. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 21 October

The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 21 October at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar. Topics include:
  • Updates from the UN Development Summit and on Post-2015
  • Preparations for the NCD Alliance Global Forum
  • Updates on WHO Processes
  • Guest updates on the Global Nutrition Report and Climate & NCDs
In addition, participants can submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by Monday 19 October. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here

Arnott Cato Foundation Lectures

Arnott Cato Foundation Lectures
How Taking a Closer Look Can Improve our Health Care

Wednesday, October 14th 2015, Q.E.H Auditorium. 4pm–5:30pm

To reserve seats for this event email: or call:(T) 246.837.3377. Please note limited seating is available. Read more
Manage Me, Manage NCD

Manage Me, Manage NCD

NUPW Insurance Agent Inc. in partnership with ICBL and the Diabetes Association of Barbados present a FREE Seminar - Manage Me, Manage Me, Manage NCD.

Friday October 16th 2015 from 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm at the NUPW Headquarters, Dalkeith, St. Michael.

Interactive presentations, product displays, health checks, fitness activities and Line Dancing.

Don’t Take your Health Like a Grain of Salt

Don’t Take your Health Like a Grain of Salt
Jamaica Gleaner: For many years, Nestle has been committed to constantly improving the nutritional benefits and taste of our products. In 2013, they pledged to accelerate salt reduction across all of their products to help consumers achieve the World Health Organization's recommended intake of no more than five grams of salt per person per day by 2025.
Read more
9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance Conference 2015
The American University of Antigua will be hosting the 9th WARFS Global Conference in St. John’s, Antigua. This will be the first WARFS conference to be held in the Caribbean region. The WARFS 2015 conference follows a series of very interesting conferences held in countries around the world since 1999.  Read more
NCDs of the Caribbean

It’s official: Every state in America is too fat

Diabetes can affect anyone
Washington Post: The geography of obesity in the United States has taken an alarming turn for the worse in just a generation. In 1990, the country would have been considered relatively healthy when it comes to weight. Sure, there were plenty of people who were overweight and obese.  Read more

Featuring Civil Society from the Global South - Planting the Seeds for South-South Collaboration

Hope App
Hope App has been developed by LALCEC and it’s first objective is to give contention and accompaniment to people who are fighting Cancer. In order to accomplish this, we put them in contact with people who already fought and overcome this disease so they can give them support, advice and above all, prove them in person that Cancer can be beaten.

It´s functionality is quite simple: you download the application and when you first get in, it asks you if you are being treated or have already recovered. Read more
Six-year-old Mario is having his teeth pulled

Six-year-old Mario is Having His Teeth Pulled

British Celebrity Chef Jamie's Oliver gets a shock on a visit to hospital to meet six-year-old Mario, who loves sugary drinks. Part of a recently produced series of programs on Sugar for UK TV Channel 4 Watch this video here.

Visit his 'Sugar Rush' website here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Forty-Nine More
By the end of this month, just about another 49 persons in Barbados would have had a stroke.

5 Sudden Waring Signs of a Stroke

Lecture - "Stroke Through The Ages"
Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Civil society from ten African countries commit to work together
  • PAHO/WHO adopts landmark regional plan of action on dementia
  • NCD Alliance Webinar 21 October
  • NCD Alliance is now on Facebook and LinkedIn. Are you?
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Number of people over 60 years set to double by 2050; major societal changes required read more
  • WHO: WHO project targets early detection, management of heart disease in Lebanon read more
  • WHO: Make Healthy Heart Choices: Media Statement read more
  • WHO: Make healthy heart choices. Take action to reduce heart disease in women read more
  • WHO: helping Bhutan battle NCDs, including heart disease and diabetes read more
  • WHO: UN Task Force on NCDs: Joint UN action to respond to NCDs epidemic in Mongolia read more
  • ADI: Dementia In The Americas Set To Increase From 9.4 Million To Almost 30 Million People By 2050 read more
  • Lancet: Evidence for effective interventions to reduce mental-health-related stigma and discrimination read more
  • Lancet: Is the artificial pancreas coming to a home near you? read more
  • Lancet: Cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery in Sweden read more
  • Lancet: Comment: Weight loss surgery and cardiovascular risk and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes read more
  • WCRF: Towards a sustainable future – new UN goal to reduce non-communicable diseases read more
  • WCRF: Securing a place for NCDs in the post-2015 development agenda read more
  • BioMedCentral: Caring for those with dementia: the person-centred approach read more
  • BioMedCentral: Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease read more
  • WEF: Which countries have the most deaths from heart disease? read more
Risk Factor News
  • Lancet: Relation of active, passive, and quitting smoking with incident type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis read more
  • Lancet: Comment: Smoking and diabetes risk: building a causal case with clinical implications read more
  • Lancet: Long-term excess risk of heart failure in people with type 1 diabetes: a prospective case-control study read more
  • Lancet: Comment: Heart failure: fatal, forgotten, and frequent in type 1 diabetes too read more
  • NEJM: Reduced-Nicotine Cigarettes — A Promising Regulatory Pathway read more
  • NEJM: Cardiometabolic Risks and Severity of Obesity in Children and Young Adults read more
  • WCRF: Is your country providing nutritious food in a sustainable way? read more
  • WCRF: First European physical activity strategy launched read more
  • WCRF: From Couch to 5K – how apps are getting people physically active read more
  • BMJ: Southeast Asia: Tobacco Industry Interference Index read more
  • BMJ: How to dramatically reduce smoking without banning tobacco sales read more
  • CDC: American kids get 12% of their calories from fast food every day read more
  • Guardian: Trans fat ban could save 7,200 lives by 2020 read more
  • PLoS: CokeGate – Big Soda’s deep pockets reach further than we think read more
  • PLoS: Mapping obesity and poverty in the United States read more
  • NY Times: The Decline of Big Soda read more
  • BioMedCentral: Cigarettes: stubbing them out and not picking them up read more
  • Independent: Car smoking ban: Is the law intruding into citizens' private space? read more
  • Independent: Just one sugary drink can a day increases the risk of a heart attack by a third read more
  • Telegraph: My solution to the obesity crisis: competitive games every morning read more
  • Atlantic: The Money Spent Selling Sugar to Americans Is Staggering read more
  • Atlantic: Community Health Workers: The Women Who Keep Nepal Healthy read more
HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here.
The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health NGOs and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Our membership presently consists of more than 50 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

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